Historical Shipwrecks in Singapore Waters: An Intimate Glance at their Ceramic Cargoes

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Dr. Michael Flecker was SEACS' 23rd William Willetts Lecture speaker following the Society's 53rd AGM on 26 March 2022. His topic as the marine archaeologist who oversaw the many years' work on both ships (the Temasek and the Shah Muncher) was "Historical Shipwrecks in Singapore Waters". SEACS Members can watch a video of this talk on our Membership Premium Video page.

MEMBERS ONLY: Our 53rd AGM for fy2021

Our 53rd GM will be held on Saturday afternoon, 26 March from 3:00 to 5:00 pm via ZOOM. According to our Constitution, members were given two (2) weeks' notice in writing of the Annual General Meeting, including the date, time and venue of the meeting, and the agenda of the meeting. Details were sent all members by e-mail.

Exciting New Ceramic Linkages between Angkor and China

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Dr. Sharon Wong reported on the possible technological transfer of ceramic production between Angkor and China during the 9th to 14th centuries looking at two distinctive ceramic products: covered boxes and roof tiles. Could the study of these ceramics provide a new placing of Angkor and the port cities of China, such as Guangzhou and Quanzhou, into the interregional networks of maritime Asia? SEACS members can watch a video of this talk on our Membership Premium Video page.

Conservation of the Yueh Hai Ching Temple on Philip Street

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Professor Yeo Kang Shua joined us on 14 January to share the stories behind the restoration of one of Singapore’s most famous temples: Wak Hai Cheng Bio (also known as the Yueh Hai Ching Temple), a project which he led. He presented an overview of the conservation project, highlighting specific issues with restoration/conservation of a plaster ornamentation with fresco painting, as well as the replication of the roof’s distinctive ceramic shards ornamentation. SEACS members can watch a video of this talk on our Membership Premium Video page.

Champa Ceramics

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Champa (present-day central Vietnam) was once described as a maritime kingdom with a thriving trade in which ceramics became a significant commodity. Our speaker explained in words and pictures how the study of Champa ceramics enables us to gain a better understanding and awareness of Champa’s domestic economic network as well as its international trade relations. SEACS members can watch a video of this talk on our Membership Premium Video page.

Surprising Ceramic finds emerge from the Musi River

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The distribution of ancient Chinese ceramics made for export to other parts of Asia, the Middle East and as far as Europe, principally via the sea route through Southeast Asia, reveal many interesting facets. Large quantities of early Chinese ceramics from the Tang (618-907 CE), Song (960-1279 CE) and Yuan (1279-1368 CE) periods have been recovered from the Musi River to the surprise of many! SEACS members can watch a video of this talk on our Membership Premium Video page.

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